Friday, January 9, 2015

One Last Round of 2014 Pics...I promise!

Found these tucked away in the drafts section, so I just had to share!!

Can't remember if I mentioned or not, I got a part-time teaching position at Will's preschool! I'm an assistant  to a 4/5's class and Will is right across the hall!  I love being back to teaching, love seeing Will, and I'm so happy I'm only working two days a week!  It's been a huge adjustment to me getting back into the swing of work and I totally admire all you full-time working mom's!  
On one of our days off, Will and I met my co-teacher for room organization!  Will is painting one of our bird feeders!  Such a great helper!

Jack was home sick for two days in the fall and here we are doing some make-up work!  At first, I'm all, "I can so homeschool!"  Five minutes later, I'm ready to day drink!  And no homeschooling over here!

Molly and her cheer squad, she loved every second about cheer...but now is "focusing on my art!"  Direct quote folks!  

Molly and all of her Daisy friends!  Again, she loves it!

So much joy in one little picture!

My cute Starbucks date one warm day!  Man he's a cutie!

Go Blue Valley Tigers!  I think this was my birthday night celebration, complete with Homecoming Court!  Boys loved the game, Molly loved the court announcements and the cheerleaders!

Pretty morning sunrise picture!!

Picking apples!  

Yum!

I want to be at the top of the pyramid!  Funny, random tidbit, the girl on the right in the purple tank when to high school with me and now our girls cheer together!

Showing off those missing teeth!  All Christmas long she was asked if she asked for two front teeth...she did but didn't get them!

For Will's birthday, he got a gift card to Target and this is the excavator "that I've always wanted!!"  He carried that toy proudly through the store and proudly handed over his gift card!  Dreams really do come true!


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Christmas 2014!

Christmas excited was building in our house since Halloween!  We didn't overlook Thanksgiving and celebrated Thanksgiving with full enthusiasm, but yes, our house was 100% ready for Christmas the Monday before Thanksgiving!

Here are some highlights of our preparation and Christmas events!!
Decorating our Gingerbread house...aka my OCD really kicked in, sad but true!

Perfect evidence right there!  Good thing I had some wine to calm my OCD ways!

It seems like each year we have a Christmas movie that defines our Christmas for the year!  Meaning we watch the movie so much, each and every day, we quote it, sing it's songs, and can't quite get enough of that particular movie!  "Polar Express" has been a front runner the past few years,  and before kids, "Christmas Vacation" and "Bad Santa" Eric's choice, "Love Actually" by far my favorite!  This year, "Elf!"!  Not complaining at all!  "Home Alone" was a close second and that one I'm fine with saying goodbye to for the year!  

Once Christmas Break started, we had two full weeks of fun!!  Crown Center, here comes the Brew Crew!!

Traditional picture by the fountains at Crown Center!  

Gorgeous tree!

My favorite people right there!!

Love being their mom!!

We even got one of the two of us!!  Love him so much I could squeeze him!!  

I just love Union Station and so does the rest of my family! 

Stunning!!

Waiting on our boys!

These three...I just adore them!!

Of course, there are events where I didn't take a single picture, like making cookies, the Live Nativity,  the kids Christmas parties, Will's Christmas program oh wait, he got stage fright and didn't perform,  our candlelight service for Christmas Eve, and the Plaza lights, but that's all right!  I like to sometimes just enjoy the moments with my family and be there with them!

Christmas Eve!!  I mean, their excitement was so contagious!!  We went to church and had such a wonderful time!  The music, the message, and the candlelight service just capture what Christmas is truly all about!  Afterwards, we headed over to Eric's parents house for sloppy joes, "Christmas Vacation", and presents!  If that doesn't say Christmas, what does?!  

We headed home to open one present...

I wonder what it is....

Christmas PJ's!!  And I adore Will and Jack's so much, can they wear them daily?!!  Santa with his elf!!  They are just too cute, all three of them!!

Christmas morning we woke up around 7 and within 2.3 seconds...

our house looked like this until about three days ago!  Stuff. Was.  Everywhere!!

After opening presents, eating biscuits and gravy that was NOT gluten free, naps and a family walk, we welcomed Boppi, Memaw, and Uncle Matt for more Christmas and family fun!  

The next night, we hosted my whole family and had another round of Christmas fun!
Nothing says fun like foam fingers, am I right?!

Oh, foam fingers, reindeer antlers and a Rudolph nose!  

Reflecting on the past season, I think this has been my favorite year ever!  It was truly so fun and enjoyable with the kids, and I loved everything that is Christmas!!  Happy Holidays!!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Recap of the past few months...oy!

Happy 2015!  I love the New Year....fresh start, fresh goals, fresh new calendar!  Love it!

Here's our life lately....in pictures!
Ate a lovely dinner at Culver's one night and they had free face/arm painting!!  Will got a Royals baseball, Molly was a butterfly, and Jack got a Jayhawk!

How Will rides on the shopping cart at Costco!  One of my faves of him!!

My sweet friend Sherri from Texas came to visit us in November!!  We had the absolute best time!!  We went shopping on the Plaza, ate wonderful meals...introduced her to the wonderful KC BBQ!  Drank wonderful wine, watched silly movies, and spent all day at the West Bottoms, I felt like I was on vacation too!!

Molly had her last cheer performance!  She and her squad did such a wonderful job!!  

Hosted a Sip and See for my sweet friend Julie who had her FOURTH child and FIRST girl!!  Here's a wreath I made for Mabel's room!!  Really wished I made one for myself!

We had so much fun seeing Mabel and talking and eating yummy food with all of our sweet friends!!

Eric's family had a chili dinner at our house the Sunday before Thanksgiving!  8 out of the 14 great-grandchildren in age order his family loves to line up by age order pictures!  Jack, Molly, Will, Henry, Lucas, Cole, Emma, and Judah, held by his mom Naomi!  The chili was great, but seeing his family was even better!!  

Thanksgiving Feast at Will's preschool! 

Thanksgiving with my family...a few days after Thanksgiving!!  Here's my grandma with all of her grandchildren...lined up by age also it's a trend!  Me, my brother, grandma, and cousin Chris!

Here's my family, the kids were all ready in bed!  My parents, Eric and I, my grandma, and Matt

Christmas carols with the Cub Scouts!  

Molly and I went to an early release of "Annie!"  She LOVED it and such a cute movie...but I still love the first one!!

Will went to a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese's and they had bumper cars....guess who was here all night?!!

Jack's playing basketball again this year and he plays with a new team, most are classmates!  They are the Thunder and he thinks he's the coolest...EVER!!

Making our annual gingerbread house!!!  Kids loved it...

So did Penny!  Guess who ate a tree and a person?!  She was eyeing those people all night long!!


Monday, November 3, 2014

The Zoo, A Blimp, Lost Teeth, Penny Lane: Sunbather, the World Series and a Double Rainbow...Whew!

I thought that title was more fun than "Life Lately!"

On a beautiful day last week, Will and I went to the zoo with our friends Rebecca and Barrett!
His one quest was to find the KU horse!  Success!!

On the train!!  Love my buddy!!

While we were grilling out one night, a blimp just decided float above our house!  So neat and so random!


This cutie lost both of her top two teeth!  Isn't she a beauty?!

No teeth!!

Penny Lane loves the to lounge in the sun, with a tennis ball, while laying on her back!  She really has a rough life!

We were all a little tired, nervous and super excited for our Royals before game 7 of the World Series!  We've been lifelong fans and it's been such a fun season watching the Royals!  So proud of the Royals and loved every second of the season!

Poor guy lasted until the 3rd inning!
5th for him!

That cute little girl watched the entire game!  She cried when the Royals lost saying "I just wanted them to win the World Series!"  Poor thing!

Saw this beautiful double rainbow on our way to school one day!  

What a great start to the day!  Love rainbows, especially two!!